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Area 51 Employees to Talk Top-Secret Aircraft

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

Move over, Scully and Mulder. Some of the secrets of Nevada’s mysterious Area 51 will be revealed Feb. 9 at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nev. As ”The X-Files” TV show told us, “The truth is out there.” But don’t expect tales of alien spacecraft and little green men during the Saturday evening lecture. The two speakers [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

1899 – Birth of David Sinton Ingalls, DSC and DFC, only U.S. Navy flying ace of World War I, and first ace in U. S. Navy history. 1928 – New Zealand Royal Flying Corps Lt. John Moncrieff and Capt. George Hood vanished while attempting the first trans-Tasman flight from Australia to New Zealand. Radio signals were received [...]

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First Royal Navy Wildcat Makes Maiden Flight

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

The first AgustaWestland Wildcat HMA Mark 2 maritime attack helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Navy has successfully taken its first flight at Yeovil in Somerset, England. The Wildcat has a more powerful engine, allowing it to be flown in extreme conditions all year round. It is also equipped with a more robust fuselage, a high-tech interactive [...]

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Mystery Persists After Last U.S. POW Shot Down in Vietnam

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

Forty years ago, U.S. Navy pilots Harley Hall and Ernie Christensen met briefly on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise. They reflected on what would be their final combat mission of the Vietnam War. “I happen to be the last guy to talk to Harley on the deck, when we launched on the last [...]

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Air France Unveils New Regional Airline

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

Air France has announced a revamp of its regional services, operating under the branding Hop. Officially branded HOP! the new carrier will integrate the Air France group’s three existing regional airlines under the one brand, namely Brit Air, Regional and Airlinair. From March 31 Hop will operate 530 daily flights to 136 destinations in France and [...]

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Y-20: China Aviation Milestone Means New Power Projection

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

Escorted by a J-15 fighter and numbered “20001,” China’s domestically-produced Y-20 transport aircraft successfully completed  its maiden flight on Jan. 26 at the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)’s China Flight Test Establishment in Sha’anxi province, remaining airborne for an hour , according to state-run media reports. In an example of selective transparency to boost pride at home and credibility [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 25, 2013 No Comments

1886 – Birth of Dean Ivan Lamb, American pilot, hired as a mercenary during the Mexican Revolution who made what was quite possibly the first dogfight in history (pilots firing pistols at each other) against Phil Rader. He also helped to establish the Honduran Air Force. 1912 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold, future General of the U.S. [...]

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F-22: Too Much For Pilots To Handle?

Jan 25, 2013 No Comments

Problems have plagued the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor since its inception. Flaking, toxic stealth coating with equally toxic glue. International dateline software glitches. Pilots nearly passing out from lack of oxygen and the feared ”Raptor Cough.” So the jet went through a battery of extensive tests, over many years, only for one general to suggest something completely unrelated to the configuration [...]

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